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Pentium Dual Core is Basically a Core 2 Duo

In Tech on May 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Something quite interesting just struck me. I decided to have a close look at pentium dual cores and their benchmarks specifically.

Ever since the release of the new core i3,i5 and i7 series this year, core 2 duos have been discontinued and the many shops are getting rid of their existing stock. Here in New Zealand, a core 2 duo with a t6500 processor ran around the $1200 mark upto early this year and they continue to do so in some instances.

On the other hand, we have some new pentium dual cores. Late last year saw the introduction of the t4400 and this year we will see the t4500. These seem to be very much the same as the core 2 duos in terms of architecture and it seems that intel is leveraging on that. I always thought that the pentiums would lack a lot of the function so of the core 2 duos, but I find that I am quite wrong. I found from cpubenchmarks and intel’s website that they are quite the same in many terms. The t4400 is quite comparable to the t6600 for example except that t4400 has just 1mb l2 cache where the t6600 has 2mb. From the benchmarks it is quite apparent that this doesn’t make much of a difference in performance. In terms of price, it is possible to pick up a laptop with a t4400 chip for around $850.

That means there is a good price advantage in buying one, especially for those who just need it for basic use and don’t want to shell out the extra for a core i3. It is also a no-brainer that there is no point buying a core 2 duo at a higher price than the new pentiums.

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